Is your business registered to pay Skills Development Levies? If you are, then you know that your business needs a skills development facilitator to ensure that everything happens the way it should and also to help your business benefit from the process. But, you may be wondering what it is that skills development facilitators do:
Registration with the relevant SETA
Due to the fact that different industries have different requirements for their training there are also various SETAs (Sector Education and Training Authority). Each SETA is responsible for skills development programmes, learnerships, internships and so on within its sector.
Any skills development programme or other related initiative you undertake must thus be registered with the relevant SETA. This responsibility falls to your skills development facilitator.
Handling of plans and reports
Another aspect of compliance with the Skills Development Act that is dealt with by your skills development facilitator is the proper completion and submission of various plans and reports. These include:
- Annual Workplace Skills Plan (WSP)
- Pivotal Plan
- Annual Training Report (ATR) as well as quarterly reports
- Employment Equity Plan
- Annual Employment Equity reports
Claiming back a portion of your SDL
If the salaries you pay to your employees total more than 500 000 rand in a 12 month period, you are liable to pay a Skills Development Levy (SDL). The amount you need to pay to SARS every month is equal to 1% of the salaries paid to employees every month.
Your skills development facilitator is able to assist in claiming a portion of this levy back from the relevant SETA. They will know exactly what can be claimed for (such as claiming for training that occurred in accordance with the WSP). This is another reason why it is vital to have a facilitator who handles the plans and their submission, as this puts them in the ideal position to claim back as much as possible for the business.
Introduction of accredited training programmes
Another key aspect of the Skills Development Act is to implement accredited skills development programmes.
Skills development facilitators who have built up a working, professional knowledge of the relevant industries and accredited training providers are invaluable in this regard. They are able to ensure that your business takes part in accredited training which will assist you in scoring points for your B-BBEE scorecard as well as ensuring that you can claim back a portion of your levies.
Facilitate effective skills development
If your business does not have an in-house skills development facilitator, don’t worry. There are professionals out there like SERR Synergy who specialise in providing this service for clients and ensuring the best possible results. Contact the experts and get your business on track with skills development.